Above is my website traffic from the last month according to CloudFlare. One of the interesting things is the data on hacking attempts, seen in the middle. About 50% of all attempts are from China, so either there are a ton of hackers (by pure quantity not relative percentage) there, or Chinese hackers are just doing a poor job of hiding themselves from Cloudflare.
Also, if you’re wondering, Cloudflare is a free (for limited use) CDN (content delivery network) service I found out about after starting to use W3 Total Cache, the well regarded caching plugin for self-hosted WordPress installations. Cloudflare speeds up your website loading by caching your primary files on its servers worldwide while also providing enhanced security by analyzing spam / bad behavior attempts across all sites that use Cloudflare. Kind of like Akisment in that sense.
I haven’t been able to verify if it really is faster, but it wouldn’t surprise me as Bluehost (my host) seems to be considered a fairly slow host (from online conversations I have read).
If you’re looking into enhanced security for your WordPress Blog, I use the following:
- Login Lockdown – set rules to lockout (temporarily ban) users who try to login to your Admin erroneously
- Secure WordPress – lets you turn off common indicators that your website may be providing that hackers can use to figure out an optimized approach on taking you down
- Adjusting .htaccess security with advice from articles like: Almost Perfect htaccess File for WordPress Blogs
- And the newest version of WordPress available (as of late December, this is 3.3)
How truly effective these things are, I have no idea. I can only base it on other people’s feedback and my very basic knowledge about security.